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Chelsea, Michigan Map

The Hickory Hills part of this hike is a 4-star hike. *However*, the actual Hickory Hills part of the trail is only 1.1 miles long. To get to it from the Discovery Center, you need to hike about 1.7 miles *each way*. So most of this hike is actually an out-and-back, not a loop. Adding the Lake View loop doesn't relieve the boredom - that loop is the ugliest trail near the Discovery Center. I'd recommend you drive to the Waterloo SRA Headquarters parking lot, where the actual Hickory Hills trail head is located, rather than hiking out and back from the Discovery Center parking lot. The out-and-back part, as part of the Waterloo-Pinckney, is a fine trail, just not fine enough to do twice in one morning. The trails were well maintained.

Oak Woods Trail is a decent little trail. Nothing particularly special. It was in good shape, despite rain a couple days ago and is overall well maintained. I did it as part of a longer hike, so my tracklog might be a little funky.

The DTE Foundation Winn Loop trail just opened in August, 2018. As a mountain bike trail, I expect it easily warrants a 5-star rating: lots of swooping, banked turns, several neat obstacles, plenty of up and down, both in little humps and dips and bigger climbs. As a hiker, I still give it a 5-star rating, but with a caveat. Too much of the trail is banked; almost all the turns are steeply banked, but even the "flat" parts of the trail are banked if the trail is anything other than a straight line. That one complaint aside, most of the trail is through beautiful woods with occasional glimpses of lakes and ponds. Mile 6.5 to 7.5 (going counter clockwise) was the only mildly unattractive part of the hike. I saw 10 - 15 bikers during my hike (from 8:30am to noon on a Monday). As with all the DTE Foundation loops at WSRA, bikers and hikers go opposite directions and the directions reverse on alternate days of the week. Full resolution versions of my pictures are available on https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks.

Excellent hike and very well marked. Several good hills, overall easy

Great day hike for anyone in the area. Crooked Lake is beautiful and there's a little bench that allows for you to take in the waterfront views for a while. Perfect in the fall.

We decided that 95* weather was appropriate to go on a long hike (lol). The tree cover made for a pleasant experience, perfect temp! Thoroughly enjoyed this trail, although we did get a little backwards at one point and continued on to the Waterloo-Pickney trail instead of following the loop and added about 1/2 mile of steep terrain to our hike, but was worth it. Made our way back to the loop, finished up and made plans to come back!

A good spot to feel in nature, with some nice hills in the loop at the end. A couple of back roads to cross and passing a couple of bogs where the bug situation is pretty intense, but well worth it. Good two hour hike.

A really nice easy walk. Really cool flowers and ferns

Quiet, beautiful and easy.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

I'm not sure why this trail is rated difficult. There were only a few places that were moderately up/downhill, although we never made it to the loop at the end, taking a side loop instead. The best part was that there were no mountain bikers here, so it was a very peaceful walk through the woods. There are many side loops that aren't shown on this map and you can pick up a map at the Discovery Center at the start of the trail.

Beautiful trail. The bugs bothered me, probably because of the time of year, but I can't wait to go again in fall, especially to see all the leaves change. It was pretty easy until the loop- that was a bit of a challenge. Overall, I really enjoyed it.

Nice wide trail. Perfect with kids.

I loved it! but its not that hard! beautiful trail!

trail running
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The Bog Trail is just ONE of a handful of beautiful trails all nestled within the Waterloo Recreation Area, and all found in the Eddy Discovery Center. Check it out, go here, and explore the whole park! It's beautiful. Somewhere around 8-10 miles of trails in total.
I went closer to 5pm on a weekday and ran trails alone.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Had a great 1.2 mile walk with our two grandchildren, ages 4+5. They want to do the 4.2 mile next time.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Good loop hike for the cub scouts. Middle part of the loop runs along Mill Pond for a great view, they even provided a bench. Don't forget to stop into the Discovery Center. The staff there are great with kids and very knowledgeable about the local area. Check online for weekend classes "Michigan.gov/eddycenter".

trail running
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This is close to my house and I run it all the time. It is one of about 7 trails at the Discovery Center. It is out and back and the end of the trail has a bridge that is currently under repair so it detours into a pine forest loop. All of the trails are 1 to 5 miles and all are good for hiking. The Discovery Center is a great place for kids.

22 days ago

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